case studY

A case study was conducted of the New Ways for Families program in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada. The results are not finalized or published yet; however, a summation of the study can be found below.


  • 62 cases completed in 3 years
  • Of the 79% who reached agreement:

    • 6% reached agreement before program started

    • 9% reached agreement after Phase 1 (6 individual parent sessions)

    • 29% reached agreement after Phase 2 (3 parent-child sessions)

    • 5% reached agreement with assistance of private mediator or collaborative divorce team

    • 30% reached agreement with assistance of judicial dispute resolution (specially assigned judge)

child outcomes

  • 50% less acting out behaviors
  • 35% exhibited less symptoms of stress such as headaches, stomach aches, difficulty sleeping
  • 33% improved school performance
  • 38% exhibited more interest in seeing the non-custodial parent

parent outcomes

  • 42% improved parenting cooperation in areas like willingness to:

    • accommodate changes in visiting arrangements;

    • to act as a resource for the other parenting in raising the child

    • Improved day-to-day decision-making about the children

  • 50% reported improved cooperation on major decisions about the children

  • 68% increased or maintained their involvement with the children

society outcomes

Social Return on Investment (SROI) for New Ways for Families found:

“ . . . for every $1 invested, the program created an average of $7.40 in social value over the first three years . . . “

Read on for the full report

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